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Sheet height: 18.125 in, Sheet width: 24.5 in, Frame height: 23 in, Frame width: 29 in
Prairies Burning, Upper Missouri, Prairie Meadow
Gift of Paul Mellon
Catlin traveled so that he would be able to visit Indians in their natural setting and to view scenes of Indian life such as this incident of riders fleeing from a prairie fire. He wanted his Indian Gallery to include scenes of everyday life, customs, ceremonies and portraiture.
LL: A (over 339), Sticker at top center: 317, Typed label on back of support: AMNH-339; Catlin-317
The invoice incorrectly states a total of 384 paintings. There were, in fact, 389 paintings purchased, 351 of which Mr. Mellon gave to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in December 1965. 24 given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, November 1985; 4 given to the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, December 1986; and the remaining 10 to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, December 1986.
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Whitney Western Art Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.